Griffin Gallery Offers Magnificent Antiquities, Fine Art And Folk Art With Special Autumn Discounts Plus Monthly Exhibtions
Autumn is the perfect time for a beginner to start a collection of ancient artifacts, or for the seasoned collector to procure a new acquisition. Mark your calendar for the SECOND SATURDAY of each month as Griffin Gallery Ancient Art has changed its exhibition opening dates and hours. To celebrate, there are price reductions up to 20% on most ancient artifacts, antiques, and works of fine art. Please join us on Saturday, October 10, 2015 from 2:30 until 4:30 pm in our gallery to view ancient artifacts, splendid antiques of centuries past, and contemporary works of fine art. In October we are featuring Chinese Antique Furniture of the Qing Dynasty. The Rickie Report shares the details and images of some of these extraordinary pieces.
G R I F F I N G A L L E R Y
You Are Invited:
Second Saturday Exhibition
October 10, 2015
2:30 – 4:30 P.M.
608 Banyan Trail Boca Raton, FL 33431
Griffin Gallery Ancient Art has over 500 magnificent ancient artifacts in its inventory. Beginning October 01, 2015, purchase one artifact over $1,000 and receive a 20 % savings. Buy two and receive a 25% savings, and purchase three ancient works of art and receive up to a 30% discount. Note that shipping is not included with these special discounts.
A magnificent 18th Century Red Lacquer Cabinet
China, Shanxi Province
Height 69”, Width 41”, Depth 19”
Qing Dynasty Furniture
According to the Travel China Guide, at the beginning of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), furniture followed Ming patterns and styles. During the reign of Emperors Kangxi, Yong Zheng, and Qian Long, Qing Furniture showed its own uniqueness with the absorption of western art. It was larger in size with grandeur and pageantry.
Engraving was a popular and important means of furniture decoration. The subjects range from auspicious character patterns, to geometric patterns and scenes in nature with animals, mountains and waters, flowers and grass. Color painting, especially gold painting, was widely used.
Qing Bamboo Desk
Furniture Making Centers
The centers were formed in Beijing, Shanxi, Guangzhou and Suzhou.
In the Forbidden City in Beijing (Jing for short), the best craftsmen used the choicest wood to make Jing-styled furniture under the guidance of the emperors.
Furniture made in Guangdong (Guang for short) shows the influence of Western art. In contrast to the Su-style, Guang-style is unstinting in the use of material, and the furniture looks solid and massive. The Ancestral Temple of the Chen Family in Guangzhou has a display of Guang-style furniture.
Furniture from Suzhou (Su for short) and surrounding area enjoys the highest artistic value. Suzhou gardens such as Lingering Garden, Garden of the Master of the Nets, Humble Administrator’s Garden, and Lion Grove Garden feature precious collections of Su-styled furniture.
Furniture made in Shanxi (Jin for short) is a harmonious blending of royal demeanor and local cultural heritage. Shanxi was one of the richest places in China during the Qing Dynasty, of which Rishengchang Exchange Shop in Pingyao, the earliest bank in China, is good evidence. With the increasing importance of Jin merchants, commercial symbols emerged, such as patterns concerning money and fortune. Unlike other styles, Jin-style has less engraving; instead, inlays of stone, porcelain and bone, which catch the eye more easily than exquisite engraving, are used to tell of the luxurious lifestyle of the owner. In addition, color and gold painting become the vogue depicting the preference for gaudiness by the wealthy. Another feature of Jin-styled furniture is the widely applied walnut wood.
Qing Altar Ivory Table
The ancient Ming and Qing Streets, Qiao’s Compound and Wang’s Compound in Pingyao, Shanxi, provide a sufficient testimony to the aesthetic and cultural achievement in Jin-style furniture. Chinese Ming and Qing Furniture Gallery of Shanghai Museum is an ideal place to appreciate various styles of classical furniture. In the past 20 years, Ming and Qing furniture has enjoyed an elevated reputation as art and as investment, and its value is increasing.
Griffin Gallery specializes in museum quality Ancient Art. Our holdings include over five hundred authentic artifacts that reflect a spectrum of the cultures of Antiquity in addition to Contemporary Fine Works of Art. Among our treasures are pieces from Greece, Rome, Egypt, the Far East, the Near East, the Holy Land, Pre-Columbian cultures, and pre historic Native America.
Griffin Gallery Ancient Art
Gallery Center, 608 Banyan Trail
Boca Raton, FL 33431
561.994.0811, fax: 561.994.1855
Sponsored by: Beiner,Inkeles & Horvitz, P.A. 2000 Glades Road, Ste. 110, Boca Raton, FL, 33431, (561) 750-1800